Michael Oliver's Deadliest of the Species

Deadliest of the Species
by Michael Oliver

After reading Deadliest of the Species a few weeks ago, I thought today, since I have not finished reading my latest book, I will write about Michael Oliveri’s Deadliest of the Species. It is truly an interesting book, which I did not put down until I finished. This book is not just about the battle of the sexes, but also question beliefs and spirituality. Oliveri does a great job turning the table to the extreme.

In addition, this book is out of print and was very hard to find. I got my copy from Amazon.


Comical Fantasy: Gil's All Fright Diner & Bloodsucking Fiends

Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez 
Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore 

I have just finished reading Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends. After reading some reviews from Amazon, I expected it to be much funnier; however, it was a delightful little read, and I did find myself smile and laugh at certain segments. An aspect of the book I enjoy was the progression of the main characters relationship, and the ending was not bad either. 

When compared to A. Lee Martinez's Gil's All Fright Diner, I must confess Martinez's comical fantasy is truly funny and leaves me craving more of his work. His protagonists are unique; they stray from the normal vampire and werewolf. Sad to say, that Gil’s All Fight Diner is Martinez only book at the moment. If anyone is reading this and want to try something a little dark and light hearted, I recommend Martinez’s book, and Charlaine Harris’s Sookie series. Oh, a little scope that you could read in Mrs. Harris' site, HBO might try a series pertaining to the Sookie series.


Easton Press 100 Greatest Books Ever Written

One of my goals is to read the "100 Greatest Books Ever Written,” but there are many variations to the 100 greatest books. Therefore, I decided to utilize Easton Press’s list, but I could not find it anywhere. After a long search, I finally found it. The list came from an owner of the 100 books, selling it for a whopping $6000.00, but if you do the calculations right, it doesn’t seem that much considering the actual cost, and individual shipping of the books the previous owner must of spent. Anyway, after the difficult search I decided to put this list on my blog for my bookish people to find. Also, I know some of the books I’m sure not going to read for example Politics and Poetics by Aristotle; I have read some literature by Aristotle in college, and I’m sure some would differ, but to me it maybe dry.

The List:

1. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
2. A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce
3. A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Twain
5. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by A. Conan Doyle
6. Aesop's Fables
7. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Carroll
8. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
9. Billy Budd/Benito Cereno by Herman Melville
10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
11. Candide by Voltaire
12. Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
13. David Copperfield by Dickens
14. Don Quixote by Cervantes
15. Euripedes by Euripedes
16. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
17. Faust by Goethe
18. Great Expectations by Dickens
19. Grimm's Fairy Tales by Grimm
20. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
22. The History of Early Rome by Livy
23. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
24. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
25. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
26. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
27. Little Women by Alcott
28. Lord Jim by Conrad
29. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
30. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
31. Oedipus the King by Sophocles
32. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
33. On the Origin of Species by Darwin
34. Paradise Lost by John Milton
35. Plato Dialogues on Love and Friendship by Plato
36. Poems of John Keats by Keats
37. Politics and Poetics by Aristotle
38. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
39. The Rights of Man by Paine
40. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
41. She Stoops To Conquer by Goldsmith
42. Short Stories by Oscar Wild
43. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Stevenson
44. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Poe
45. The Federalist by Hamilton
46. The Aeneid by Virgil
47. The Alhambra by Washington Irving
48. The Analects of Confucius by Confucius
49. The Arabian Nights by Burton
50. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Franklin
51. The Birds and the Frogs by Aristophanes
52. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
53. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
54. The Comedies by Shakespeare
55. The Confessions of Jean by Jacques Rousseau
56. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine
57. The Decameron by Boccaccio
58. The Descent of Man by Darwin
59. The Divine Comedy by Dante
60. The Essayes by Francis Bacon
61. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Emerson
62. The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
63. The Histories by Shakespeare
64. The Iliad of Homer by Homer
65. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
66. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
67. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Stern
68. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
69. The Odyssey of Homer by Homer
70. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
71. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
72. The Poems of John Donne by Donne
73. The Poems of Robert Browning by Browning
74. The Poems of W.B. Yeats by Yeats
75. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
76. The Prince by Machiavelli
77. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
78. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
79. The Republic by Plato
80. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
81. The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne
82. The Sea Wolf by Jack London
83. The Short Stories by Dickens
84. The Tales of Guy de Maupassant by De Maupassant
85. The Talisman by Scott
86. The Three Musketeers by Dumas
87. The Tragedies by Shakespeare
88. The Way of all Flesh by Butler
89. Three Plays by Henrik Ibsen
90. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
91. Treasure Island by Stevenson
92. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
93. Two Plays by Moliere
94. Two Plays for Puritans by George Bernard Shaw
95. Two Plays The Cherry Orchard/Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
96. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
97. Vanity Faire by William Makepeace Thackeray
98. Walden by Thoreau
99. War and Peace by Tolstoy
100. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Latest Digested Book

Flesh Gothic
by Edward Lee

The horror genre keeps me coming back for more, and I have a tiny fascination with haunted house novels. To add to my list of haunted house book collection is Edward Lee's "Gothic Flesh." 

When I told my friend about this book she said it sounded just like all the rest. I would agree some aspects are similar, but it is the nuance of each haunting novel that makes the difference. Yes, "Gothic Flesh" has the same detail of gifted individuals visiting a house considered haunted to rectify, or to prove authenticity similar to Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House," and Richard Matheson's "Hell House," but each book difference is the cause of this supernatural nature that the house possesses. "Gothic Flesh" is not the best I’ve read, but interesting. Maybe it isn’t my cup of tea, for all the sexual contents, but hey, if you like erotic horrors with a morbid twist this book maybe for you. My favorite haunted house novel for now is Bentley Little's "The House".